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The North Providence Breeze 02-05-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON North Providence High School sophomore SAM LORANGER provides accom- paniment on the piano for the town's combined middle school chorus during the 2020 Winter Concert for Chorus and Band in the North Providence High School auditorium last Thursday. The chorus and bands from the Ricci and Birchwood middle schools performed. Above, HOPE BOURN turns the pages for Loranger. More photos on Page 2. Middle schoolers band together Most traffic violations on MSA not speed-related But more tickets issued after speed limit reduced NORTH PROVIDENCE – Speeding tickets and speed warn- ings along Mineral Spring Avenue accounted for just one-tenth of 1 percent of all violations in 2018, according to data provided by the North Providence Police Department this week. And while the totals more than quadrupled last year, the percentage of overall remained minuscule, at eight-tenths of 1 percent. In 2018, there were 1,377 citations of all types on one of the state's busiest two-lane roads (179 of those By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – Birchwood Middle School students erupted in cheers and applause last week as their principal, Brian Gilmore, walked into the gym to a surprise ceremony to honor him as Rhode Island's First-Year Principal of the Year. The R.I. Association of School Principals gives the award annually to a new school leader in recognition of their leadership and accomplishments in their first year on the job. Gilmore became Birchwood's principal in late 2018, taking over Birchwood School celebrates Gilmore's win as First-Year Principal of the Year By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See TRAFFIC, Page 6 See GILMORE, Page 9 GILMORE See SHELTER, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE – A group tasked with creating a new home for the North Providence Animal Shelter put its "stake in the ground" in deciding on a site Monday night, as Public Works Director Bernie Salvatore put it. The chosen location is just to the left of the existing animal shelter on Smithfield Road, getting the facility away from the road's busiest hub of activity on this side of Mineral Spring Avenue, including some town DPW operations, auto salvage yards, and the solar farm atop the old town dump. By keeping it on the existing parcel, members expect to save significant dollars in not having to acquire land. In addition to approving a spot for the shelter, the North Providence Animal Shelter Committee approved consulting with David D'Amico, of DEtec Engineering. Members had initially considered putting the facility in a more wooded area further away from Smithfield Road, toward the back end of abut- ting Waterview Lane, but decided based on a number of factors, includ- ing utility access, a better view of the building, avoiding test wells for the dump, and not having to build an access road, to keep the facility close to the main road and put walking trails and other amenities behind it. Committee picks a spot for future animal shelter By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE FEBRUARY 5-11, 2020 See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Free Property Evaluation at no cost or obligation Call Norm Harrison, owner/broker 401-353-9000 x 10 See our local Business Card Directory INSIDE card the local l Directy BRINGING LOCAL BUSINESSES TO LOCAL PEOPLE Local Businesses Offering Local Solutions 2020 Edition Published by Featuring: Automotive Sales & Service Dining/Food/Enteainment Health Services Home & Garden Pets Professional Services Real Estate Services Retail ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE

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